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Lucky 13.alt - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 847
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 16
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Blonde Ale

O.G. 1.085
76.92 IBU

(Beer added by: MADhombrewer on 06-23-2011)
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Latarnik, May 29, 2014
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

sendbeer, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle with ".alt" printed very small next to the Lucky 13 text -- by the way, this is NOT an Altbier, it's a Strong Ale. And at $4.99 for the bottle, why not!

A: Orange / copper body that is absolutely killer crystal clear. Holy hell that's filtered really well. Slightly off-white bubbly and foamy head with a really nice retention cap and wonderful lacing.

S: Citrus and pine hop notes overpower any other secondary flavors at first. The hop profile opens up and brings through some orange zest, pink grapefruit and peach. A very faint malt note creeps in towards the back end of the aroma, but not enough to give it a balancing malt base.

T: A really balanced citrus and sap hop bite is up front, followed by some really great citrus fruits - mango and pink grapefruit. The finish is full of pine needles that stick around and last well into the linger, very tasty.

M: Somewhat low carbonation but a nice feeling body without being thick. Sticky and a bit dry in the finish to linger. Not bad but I'd prefer a tad more carbonation on this one.

Overall, this was a really pleasant and enjoyable beer. At such a great price, I'll definitely be grabbing more of these before they're gone for good!

ShanePB, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Zaphog, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev -0.5%

PEIhop, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed peach colored body. Thin off white head leaves sporadic spots of lace.
Aroma is hoppy...birght, citric and minty. Flavor is mostly juicy tropical hop flavors. Body is actually fairly thin and there isn't much of a malt presence here. Alcohol is quite minimal as well for an 8.9% beer. This is a solid effort.

Bighuge, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came out looking like the regular Lucky 13, red with good clarity, small head. Aroma was one of the biggest changes, gone is the massive hoppy aroma, yet still the biggest for anything qualifying under the alt. banner.

What is lacks in hoppiness of the original, it makes up for in smoothness/drinkability. Great at hiding the alcohol in a big beer. Better than the original. Bitterness held at bay right where it should be, strong, but not for the sake of touting some absurd ibu#. Otherwise, same amount of caramel and red malts.

Lagunitas always delivers big hoppy beers at a great price, no difference here.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Cynic-ale, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

harpus, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with a good sized fluffy white head that shows great retention and lace. Aromas of citrus and pine waft from the bottle the second it is opened. Sweet toffee and caramel malt backbone hold this one up quite well. Taste is citrus and pine up front, sweet caramel and burnt sugar pop in for a second somewhere in the middle. The hops take over the finish and dance for a second with a touch of ethanol. The malty sweetness is almost approaching maibock here but the hops are powerful enough to keep that in check. Medium body and level of carbonation. Resinous and sweet sticky mouthfeel. This is nice, I liked it. It's a bit different, but I really enjoyed it.

johnnnniee, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

tobelerone, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear orange amber, half finger white head that slowly dissipated into a ring and nice lacing. Great aroma of herbal and piney hops, light malt and tropical fruit. Flavor is nice sweet and caramel malt, light fruit, brown sugar. Nice hop kick at the end. Very well integrated and balanced. I'm not sure this a traditional alt, but it tastes good.

LiquidAmber, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

$4.95 for the 22oz bottle. Bottled the 187th day of 2013 which is July 6th.

A- it pours a clear copper with a 2 finger head of foam.(served cool not cold) It looks to have some good lacing.

S- I get loads of bread and caramel malt in the nose. The label says this clocks in at 76.92 IBUs. I don't get any hop aroma but it's not unusual for the style and the DIPA style to have the hops kind of hidden.

T- before I get to the taste, I have to mention how thickish and syrupy the beer is upon first taste.
This is very sweet with notes of bread but there's a hop presence that I'd say was oily/resiny that adds a bit of light bitterness, maybe not enough or...this is an Old Ale style so I'm not turned off by the lack of bitterness.

M- thick, creamy bordering on syrup like, there's not a lot of carbonation going on for being this fresh. Cellaring would cut down the carbo even more so I guess I'll drink them when they are fresh.

O- A pretty tasty example of the style and I'll have another, please. A good price helps. ;^)

Bitterbill, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of bark
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is gold-pale amber (15 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two figner head slowly sinks down leaving some lacing.

The smell is smooth. Malty flavours of French loaf and a touch of honey. Do I notice a hint of vanilla? Toffee and some earthy notes. Citric flavours of bitter oranges and orange marmalade. The bitterness is in the level of an APA and balanced. Still it is somewhat sharp, maybe the alcohol gives that sharpness?

The taste is at first velvety sweet with notes of toffee. Then, elegant bitter hops kicks in with notes of tangerines and bitter oranges. Then, the taste becomes luxuriously balanced with ripe red fruits, cookie-like sweetness and hints of green fruits. The aftertaste is elegant and lush with silk-smooth sweetness, hints of balancing bitterness and exotic fruits. The finish is, again, smooth.

The carbonation is mild, the mid-sized bubbles are just there to keep the beer from being flat. The liquid is sticky and somewhat thick.

A very luxurious beer, and at the time dangerously drinkable. Well done.

bark, Aug 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Griffith, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of vfgccp
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper body with lively carbonation. Bone white head pours a finger high.

S - Unique nose. Light, sweet breadiness and water chestnuts.

T - Robust herbal hops open for a nice, soft malt center. Quick, fruity finish.

M - Smooth, medium/full to style.

O - A great brew with nice drinkability at 8.9%

vfgccp, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Evil_Pidde, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light coppery amber in color with a half finger high off white head that has good retention and never completely faded away.

Aromas begin with a moderately strong amount of mango and pineapple hops. As it warms you get some grapefruit zest, honey and a decent amount of flaky biscuit maltiness.

The taste is slightly different compared to the smell in that it opens with the grapefruit and orange citrus hops along with more notes of caramel maltiness than was apparent in the aroma.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Finish is lightly bitter but balanced enough by the malt backbone.

Overall this was a nice offering to sample on draft but nothing I need to revisit anytime soon. A solid Imperial Red Ale in that the alcohol is well masked from the smell and taste and the hops are fairly solid but not overly bitter. Well balanced and would be great anytime of year, with or without food.

claspada, May 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Haybeerman, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So they brewed a double Altbier eh?
Poured into my Rogue pint glass.

A - huh not as dark as I expected more of a amber brown like a DIPA with an impressive full inch of semi-sticky white head.

S - From the bottle an aggressive bit of pine and citrus hit the nose, oh my. In the glass a little more sweet malts and caramel come through on the back end, but a very aggressive citrus can't wait to sip!

T - Ow man that's balanced, you get a strong pine that rounds to a citrus zest of hops then it leads toward a bready like malt, almost cracker like, and finishes with a smooth caramel/toffee sweetness that leaves a sweet feeling on the tongue. Man thats good.

M - Medium bodied indeed but scary drinkable. I like how the bitterness doesn't become too aggressive leaving a sweet/clean finish.

Overall I like this the same if not more than the regular 13, and since I can't seem to find anymore 13 right now I best grab a couple more bottles of this before it's gone.

Well done guys!

DrDemento456, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

Appearance - Clear dark amber colour with a large size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is low amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel/toffee, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of caramel, hops, and malts. There is also some grapefruit and apricot and a touch of cherry. It finishes with a sweet juicy and hoppy aftertaste.

Overall - At first I was a little disappointed with the flavours, but as it warmed up a bit in my glass the hops and the sweetness really came out. It's got a nice nectar like flavour that keeps you looking forward to the next sip. Lagunita's is quickly becoming one of my favourite brewers.

spinrsx, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of IPAchris
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

IPAchris, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of barnzy78
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, pours pale amber/copper with a fluffy off-white head that holds good retention and leaves excellent chunky lacing down the glass. Aromas are fruity, grapefruit rind, floral hops, caramely malt, toasted grain. Tastes are juicy grapefruit, pineapple, mango, tropical, biscuity, finishes slightly bitter. Mouth-feel is medium bodied, smooth, ample carbonation. Overall, I was disappointed to see they changed Lucky 13 from a red to a blonde, but this beer is exceptional either way! Excellent balance, excellent complexity, fresh and vibrant.

barnzy78, Jul 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

eawolff99, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

LoveStout, Dec 21, 2013
Lucky 13.alt from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 847 ratings.